The new start menu is a flexible, configurable collection of icons and links. And although Microsoft did a good job blending the benefits of the Windows 8 start screen with the familiarity of the Windows 7 start menu, I still think people will find that the, constantly updating, garish collection of live tiles are both a little juvenile and distracting for everyday use.
That’s why in this post I’m going to show you how to slash the pounds off the Start Menu. We’re going to purge the fat by removing those annoying live tiles and then we’ll spruce up the menu by changing the background color.
We can put the Start Menu on a diet by right-clicking each live tile and choosing Unpin from the context menu.
Unfortunately, you have to manually right click each tile to do this. You can’t hold down the Ctrl key to select multiple tiles – which is a little nettlesome but I can live with that.
Now look at your new Start Menu.
It’s nicer but we can actually trim even more weight from the Start Menu.
Push your mouse cursor right along the top vertical edge of the menu until it your cursor changes into a double headed arrow.
Now you can click to drag the menu down to a smaller size…
or stretch it out to its maximum height.
Okay, great but I don’t think the sky blue background of the start menu complements the muted colors of my wallpaper.
Let’s change that.
Near the bottom of the Start Menu, right click the vertical space directly above the All Apps button and choose Personalize from the context menu.
Now you can change the background color to almost anything you want.
I made an abortive effort trying to change it to white but charcoal looks good so I’ll probably pick this one.
Oh wait, hot pink is pretty bold. It’s jarring and surprising – sort of like me.
I’m going with this one.
When you want to add your live tiles back to the Start Menu you can click the All Apps button located directly above the search box and then right click the tiles you want to Pin to Start.
I love it!
Now I admit this doesn’t look anything like the Windows 7 start menu but doesn’t it at least look better than the Windows 10 start menu? What do you think?